|Sex Abuse Victims Push Bishop and Staff
February 18, 2010
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Two sex abuse victims hand delivered a letter to Indiana Catholic officials outside the Archbishop Noll Catholic Center, at 915 South Clinton St. in Fort Wayne Thursday urging them to reach out to witnesses and other victims of sex abuse by an accused Irish priest.
Fr. Frances Markey faces charges in Ireland where he's accused of raping a 15-year-old boy in 1968.
Two Chicago women who were molested by priests belong to a self help group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests . One is actually SNAP's founder and president.
"We're asking Bishop Rhoades to do more to reach out to potential victims, employees and parishioners, anyone with information about sexual abuse from Father Markey or any other church officials," said SNAP President Barbara Blaine.
SNAP is calling on Indiana Catholic officials to aggressively reach out to anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by Markey, to turn over to law enforcement any files they many have about the cleric and personally visit places Markey worked prodding victims and witnesses to come forward, get help, call police, protect others and start healing.
Specifically, the group wants Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese Bishop Rhoades and his staff to use their diocesan website, newspapers and bulletins to alert parishioners to the allegations against Markey.
SNAP also wants Bishop Rhoades to visit places Markey has worked and ask victims and witnesses to speak up.
The group said, "all to often, Catholic hierarchy does the 'bare minimum' and responds only to subpoenas, rather than taking initiative to help law enforcement find victims, witnesses and information that can help build strong criminal cases against predator priests."
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